Mattress Information

Everything you need to know to buy a new mattress, fix or extend the life of your existing bed, and more


Written by David Rubin

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With hundreds of competing mattress brands and thousands of models to choose from, finding the best mattress for you can be a challenging task. Your body type, sleep position, firmness preferences, available bedroom space, and budget should all come into play when choosing a mattress. If you share your bed with a partner, then you’ll also need to take their needs and preferences into account.

There are other important considerations when buying a new mattress. If you’re upgrading to a larger size, you may need to purchase a compatible bed frame or foundation. Deep pocket sheets might also be necessary if your new mattress is thicker than your previous one.

Our product expertise extends to these and other essential mattress accessories. Each member of our expert team has spent years testing, rating, and reviewing mattresses. We’re here to answer the various questions that will undoubtedly pop up during your mattress search. We can also shed light on the best ways to clean and protect your mattress, how to tell when your mattress needs to be replaced, where to dispose of an old mattress, and other important things to consider after you’ve made your purchase.

Become a Mattress Expert

Mattresses are widely available online and in retail stores. The question is where – and when – to buy them. Our buying guides break down everything from how to care for your mattress to how to buy a new mattress with confidence.

About The Author

David Rubin

Certified Sleep Science Coach, Director of Product Testing

David is a Certified Sleep Science Coach with a lifelong passion for well-being and health optimization. His interest in sleep developed with the arrival of his son, when sleep suddenly became a precious commodity.

  • POSITION: Side Sleeper
  • TEMPERATURE: Hot Sleeper

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